BHOPAL: Fog paralysed normal life, hitting air, rail and vehicular traffic on Friday. Bhopal bound Jet airways flights were cancelled. Similarly, Bhopal bound trains were late because of poor visibility. Officials of Airport Authority of India ( AAI), Bhopal said that the flights might be delayed on Saturday too, as the weather conditions continue to worsen.
Airport director Vivek Upadhyaya said, ” Fog hit air traffic badly. Total three flights, including those of Jet Airways India Private Limited, were affected. Till noon, it was thick fog and only by afternoon the weather permitted landing of aircrafts” According to Jet Airways India Private Limited, two Delhi- Bhopal morning flights were cancelled because of fog. Similarly, morning trains ran late. Nizamuddin- Habibganj Bhopal Express arrivedover late by over two hours.Malwa Express arrived half- an- hour late. Kamayani and Karnataka Expressed were over three hours late.
Director Meteorological department Dr DP Dubey said, ” It rained in Gwalior Chambal, Rewa, Umaria, Jabalpur, Satna divisions in Thursday- Friday night, infusing a lot of moisture into the atmosphere. When clouds disappeared on Friday morning, the northerly wind, which is sweeping the northern parts of the country, freezed the moisture, leading to fog”. Rain and thundershower are expected to occur at isolated places over east Madhya Pradesh. Visibility is expected to less than 200 meter on Saturday morning.Upper air circulation which lied over Rajasthan and adjoining areas, now shifted to eastern region of the state, he added.
Poor visibility leads to bus- truck collision; 13 hurt
Because of fog, head on collision between a truck- trailer carrying a JCB machine and a passenger bus left 13 injured at Amanganj under Amanganj police station in Panna district. Police attributed the collision to poor visibility because of fog. The trailer has been seized while the driver fled away. According to Amanganj police, bus bearing registration number MP- 19- P- 1055 was on way to Jabalpur from Panna and the trailer, which was bearing registration number NLO- A- 7751, was coming from the opposite side.
Trailer hit the passenger bus leaving all the 13 passengers injured. Four of them were serious. The injured were rushed to hospital. Panna SP Rakesh Jain said, ” I do not have any information about it.”